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Duluth, Minnesota Amends Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Aug. 2, 2021

"[E]ffective August 19, 2021 ... Employees will be able to use leave when they lose work hours when their place of employment closes for public health reasons ... If employers maintain an employee handbook, it will need to include a copy of the company's ESST policy ... Employers must either display or provide the city-created poster to employees or provide a company-created notice that advises employees of their rights under the ordinance."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

California Legislative Update: Family Leave and Sick Pay
Ogletree Deakins Link to more items from this source
Aug. 2, 2021

"Two bills, currently pending in the Senate, seek to expand the scope of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The second bill also looks to expand sick pay."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Revised Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Expands List of Covered Family Members
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Aug. 2, 2021

"[T]he term 'family member' ... has been expanded to include 'any individual who regularly resides in the employee's home or with whom the relationship creates an expectation that the employee care for the person, and that individual depends on the employee for care.' The term 'family member' does not include a person who simply resides in the same home with no expectation that the employee care for the individual."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Enacts Another Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Aug. 2, 2021

"626B was passed as a new law, but it is nearly identical to Pittsburgh's original Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (626A) that was in effect from December 8, 2020 through June 17, 2021. Though new 626B's text largely mirrors that of 626A, there are some important differences.... [It] appears 626B requires an entirely new bank of leave because it is a separate ordinance rather than an amendment to or extension of the original ordinance."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Chicago Amends Paid Sick Leave Law
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
Aug. 2, 2021

"The Chicago City Council amended its Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) to clarify and expand the bases to take paid leave ... [T]he paid sick leave amendments took effect on Aug. 1."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Oregon Issues Temporary Rule Expanding the Scope of Its Paid Sick Leave Law During a Public Health Emergency
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 30, 2021

"[E]ffective immediately and through January 17, 2022, eligible employees may take covered leave for absences connected to: [1] an emergency evacuation order of level 2 (SET) or level 3 (GO) issued by a public official with the authority to do so, if the affected area subject to the order includes either the location of the employer's place of business or the employee's home address; and [2] a determination by a public official with the authority to do so that the air quality index or heat index is at a level where continued exposure to such levels would jeopardize the employee's health."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Chicago's New Paid Sick Leave Requirements Take Effect August 1
Michael Best Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 26, 2021

"[The amendment] solidifies the right to use Paid Secure Leave to comply with a quarantine, isolation or stay-at-home order issued by a public official, the local health department or a personal healthcare provider. The amendment also adds new qualifying reasons for Paid Secure Leave unrelated to COVID-19."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for All Employees
Verrill Dana LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 23, 2021

"Effective May 28, 2021, the law requires employers to provide all employees up to 40 hours (pro-rated for part-time employees) of paid leave. Employers are required to provide leave until the earlier of September 30, 2021, or when Massachusetts announces that the $75 million fund to reimburse employers is expected to be depleted."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Managing Your Agency's CalPERS Pension Liabilities
Best Best & Krieger LLP Link to more items from this source
July 23, 2021

"The mere act of paying the [unfunded accrued liability (UAL)] portion of your annual Required Contribution at the beginning of each fiscal year as a lump sum (instead of monthly) will save your agency 3.5% in interest for the year on that amount. Prepaying even larger amounts of UAL can dramatically reduce the size of your overall liability over time."

Tags: Funding of DB Plans  •  Local Regulation  •  State and Local Government Plans

Massachusetts Sets 2022 Individual-Mandate Coverage Dollar Limits
Mercer Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 22, 2021

"The Massachusetts individual mandate ... requires state residents to maintain MCC or face a potential state tax penalty.... In addition, health plan reporting requirements compel plan sponsors (or their vendors) to determine whether the coverage they offer meets MCC standards.... the 2022 maximum MCC deductibles are $2,850 for individual coverage and $5,700 for family coverage. If the plan has a separate prescription drug deductible, those amounts for 2022 can't exceed $350 for individual coverage and $700 for family coverage."

Tags: Health Plan Costs  •  Health Plan Design  •  Local Regulation

New City of Chicago Ordinance Modifies Paid Sick Leave and Wage Theft Rules
Laner Muchin, via JDSupra Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 22, 2021

"[T]he Ordinance expands the reasons that an employee may use paid sick leave to care for themselves or a family member.... Employers must continue to post a notice in a conspicuous place ... [E]mployers must issue the same notice directly to employees annually with a paycheck issued within 30 days of July 1."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

New Hampshire Adopts Paid Leave Program
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 19, 2021

"The voluntary program, called the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan, provides New Hampshire workers with 60 percent wage replacement for up to six weeks of work per year if they take time off for personal health or family reasons."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form and Employer Reimbursement Process
Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 14, 2021

"While employers were initially advised to prescribe their own request forms, all the information that must be collected is now addressed in the sample form ... The [Executive Office for Administration and Finance (EOAF)] has published the required notice in poster-form and in a form to be sent via electronic communication. Additionally, the EOAF has published instructions for employers to follow in order to seek reimbursement for payments made to employees for use of COVID-19 Sick Leave."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Washington State Long Term Care Program: Employers Must Collect Employee Premiums Starting in January
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 12, 2021

"The law imposes a new employee-paid premium of $0.58 per $100 of earnings. There is no employer-paid portion of the premium. Employers are responsible for collecting, remitting, and reporting these premiums, and employers will face penalties if they do not. The benefits offered under the WA Cares Fund are limited."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Local Regulation

State of the States: Paid Family Leave Overview (PDF)
Voya Financial Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 9, 2021

13 pages. "Paid Family Leave (PFL) legislation has grown in popularity, and states continue to propose, fund, and launch their own programs.... Every jurisdiction has adopted plans that vary in terms of length of leave, amount of payment, and funding mechanism. Additionally, some states have chosen to combine their state-mandated short-term disability with a PFL program to create a Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

City of Los Angeles Requires Vaccine Leave for Employees Working in the City
Jackson Lewis Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 8, 2021

"Under the [mayor's] order, employees who work within the City of Los Angeles and have been employed by their employer for 60 days are entitled to paid time off to get vaccinated for COVID-19, including traveling to and from the appointment, as well as recovering from the side effects of vaccination[.]"

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Rhode Island Health Insurance Carriers Request 2022 Rate Hikes
Golocalprov Link to more items from this source
July 6, 2021

"[T]he average increases sought range from 2.9% to 17.5% in the small group market and 5.3% to 14.1% in the large group.... [K]ey factors influencing the rate requests for 2022 are expected increases in the cost of health care services."

Tags: Health Plan Costs  •  Local Regulation

Florida Ends Telehealth Waivers
Foley & Lardner LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
July 2, 2021

"While providers were aware these waivers would be time-limited, many did not expect Florida would allow them to expire so suddenly and without a 'glide path' such as a 60-day advance notice. The expiration of these waivers, particularly for providers who have been heavily relying on them, means providers need to execute and implement their plans for how to deliver services post-waiver."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  Local Regulation  •  Teleheath

Massachusetts Employers Must Provide COVID-19 Related Paid Leave
Wolters Kluwer; free registration required Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
June 30, 2021

"The executive office for administration and finance will reimburse employers from the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund, for the cost of providing COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave to employees. However, any qualified leave wages paid by an employer that are eligible for the tax credit for paid leave under the [FFCRA] are not be eligible for reimbursement from the COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Fund."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Maine Governor Signs State-Run IRA Plan Into Law
American Retirement Association [ARA] Link to more items from this source
June 29, 2021

"The measure requires each covered employer to allow its covered employees to decide whether or not to contribute to a payroll deduction Roth IRA by automatically enrolling them but with the opportunity to opt out. Covered employees who opt out will be automatically reenrolled at regular intervals but will have the opportunity to opt out again."

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Retirement Plan Design

New Jersey Increases Pension Contribution by 44%
Chief Investment Officer [CIO] Link to more items from this source
June 25, 2021

"The New Jersey budget for fiscal year 2022, which the state legislature just passed, calls for a $6.9 billion pension payment, up about 44% over the previous year. State lawmakers increased the amount that Governor Phil Murphy proposed thanks to the surge in tax collections, plus federal stimulus money. The state has long had one of the nation's worst pension shortfalls."

Tags: Funding of DB Plans  •  Local Regulation  •  State and Local Government Plans

Nevada Expands Paid Leave Rights for Employees, Including for COVID-19 Vaccination
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
June 25, 2021

"Nevada has enacted new law requiring employers to provide additional paid leave to allow employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and clarifying that employees may use existing paid leave to care for themselves and their family members."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

What Participant-Level Records Should Your California Governmental 401(a) or 457(b) Plan Keep?
Best Best & Krieger LLP Link to more items from this source
June 24, 2021

"Although governmental plans generally are not subject to ERISA, the inclusion of ERISA-like fiduciary duties and responsibilities in authorities such as the California Constitution, definitely make the guidance and rules promulgated by the [DOL] relevant to California's public sector plans. Based on the DOL's guidance, and plain common sense, here are a few suggestions regarding the retention of participant-level records:"

Tags: 457 Plans  •  Local Regulation  •  Retirement Plan Administration  •  State and Local Government Plans

Maine Poised to Offer State-Run Retirement Program
American Retirement Association [ARA] Link to more items from this source
June 21, 2021

"The measure would require each covered employer to allow its covered employees to decide whether or not to contribute to a payroll deduction Roth IRA by automatically enrolling them but with the opportunity to opt out.... [C]overed employees who opted out would be automatically reenrolled at regular intervals but have the opportunity to opt out again."

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Retirement Plan Design

In Colorado, Vacation Pay Must Be Paid Upon Termination of Employment, Even If Employer's Policy Says Otherwise (PDF)
Sherman Howard Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
June 18, 2021

"The Colorado Supreme Court has now definitively ruled that under the Colorado Wage Claim Act employers must pay employees' earned and determinable vacation upon termination and that any policy or agreement provisions forfeiting employees' rights to such payments are void." [Nieto v. Clark's Market, No. 19SC553 (Col. Jun. 14, 2021)]

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Misc. Benefits


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